Dawn & Mabon

This man was on the beach with a drone last week and captured a lovely sunrise. 

It’s a timely reminder for the world famous annual (for the second time) Myrtleville Mabon Dawn Swim at 6.30am on Friday, September 22nd.  

What’s Mabon?  The Autumn Equinox.

Who can forget the massive crowds attending last year’s inaugural event?

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Massive crowd of six (plus the photographer) at last year’s swim.  Still, the photo is now famous on the window of Centra Crosshaven.

Start practicing setting your alarm clocks.  This year is going to be huge.


Missing Denis

It seems like years since our spiritual criminal mastermind leader was amongst his throng on the beach.   A timely reminder of his vaunted good looks seems necessary.

Phwoar, I hear the ladies say. Swoon!  When will we see him again, they wail??

But wait!!  Stepping into the breach of Denismissingitis evident around Myrtleville, a local entrepreneur has created what is sure to become the must-have toy for all Myrtlevillian households this Christmas, The Woolly Denis Doll.

Woolly Denis Doll – gotta get one!

Mairéad Ní Mhaoileóin has ramped up production of the dolls to coincide with the ever-closer return of our hero.  

Denis Doll Action Shot – on location at the bench by the beach.

What more could the Myrtlevillian ladies (AKA De Mnás) and jealous guys (for sticking pins into) want for Christmas?  Get your orders in now to MNM Knitters Worldwide, c/o Myrtleville Beach.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim results

Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to make this evening’s swim a success – the RNLI, Coast Guard, Order of Malta, Funkytown, Gardai, Centra staff, Sea Scouts, Jimmy Long and local residents in Myrtleville and Church Bay.

Results are online on http://www.sportstiming.ie at this link .

Lots of pictures to follow on Facebook and from our always fabulous photographer, Siobhán Russell.

Parking in Crosshaven Rugby Club today

Crosshaven RC have very kindly offered to allow swimmers to park at their grounds this evening.  The club is on the left at the top of the hill turning down into Myrtleville.

It’s 1km down the hill – a pleasant stroll!  Please consider leaving some cars there and car pooling to the beach and to Church Bay after registration.

It’s going to be very busy at the beach – the sunshine will bring lots of non-swimmers down there and parking will be at a premium.

Come early to register from 5pm or even a bit before.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim 2017: Participant Information

Thanks to the over 300 entrants for tomorrow’s swim.  Entries will close at 1.00pm today. Please read/download the participant instructions from below, or they are also being emailed to each of you this afternoon, once entries are finalised.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2017 – Participant Information

Registration is open from 17.00 to 18.30 in Myrtleville.  Participant numbers are high.  Come early.

Entries are not accepted on the day.

Safety Briefing:

The briefing will take place at 18.30 on the steps at Myrtleville beach.  All participants MUST be present for the briefing.

Swim start:

The swim will start at 19.00.  All participants enter the water at the same time.  High tide is at 21.00.

Transportation & Gear:

Participants should car pool to get some cars to Church Bay and then return to Myrtleville for the safety briefing at 18.30.

In Myrtleville, park well up the hill.  There will be no parking near the beach.  In Church Bay, there will be three volunteers from the local community group guiding traffic to available parking.  Listen to the volunteers.  Work with them.  If you have to walk a bit further, just do it.  You’re fit and you’ll enjoy it 🙂  

Enjoy the event.  Please assist the volunteers on the day by following instructions and being on time at each stage.

RNLI swim – jelly removal

Swimmers have noted an increase in jellyfish activity in the past few days. Investigators have determined that in the absence of rough water for his Distance Camp swimmers, Ned Denison developed a new challenging strategy for them.  In the past few weeks, he has been dumping millions of baby jellies in the waters off Cork – just to watch them grow and then hear the swimmers scream as they plough through them. 

In Myrtleville, the Committee Of What De Feck To Do With De Shaggin’ Jellies (COWDFTDWDSJ) met in emergency session on Sunday night, just after batin’ Clare out de gate in Thurles, minor AND senior (Up the Rebels!).  Various strategies were explored, all of which sounded more and more feasible as the pints mounted up.

In summary, the following was decided:

Get an underwater scoop to lead the swim, bashing jellies aside as we go.  This is it being prepared this morning by Angela Carazza and Siobhan Russell at their dawn swim.  Thanks, ladies.

Further safeguard our swimmers by having the entire route trawled repeatedly by local fishing fleets.  Sample nets are on express order for Thursday.

Finally, in a bid to keep Mr. Denison from advancing his dastardly plot and mining the route with millions more jellies, we are deploying suitable weaponry along the course.

Guaranteed jelly-free swimming in Myrtleville this Thursday night ****  See you there.

****Note, loads and loads of terms and conditions apply.  See small print in white text below, containing so many caveats, you’d think up was down.   “Jelly-free” does not actually mean there will be no jellyfish.  The use of the word “guarantee” in this context is not intended to convey any guarantee that there won’t be jellyfish and, in fact, an absence of jellies is about as likely as Mr. Lynch getting a call up to the Cork team for the semi-final – minor or senior.   In conclusion – UP THE REBELS 🙂